The suggestion that humans will soon set up bustling, long-lasting colonies on Mars is something many of us take for granted. What this lofty vision fails to appreciate, however, are the monumental ” if not intractable ” challenges awaiting colonists who want to permanently live on Mars. Unless we radically adapt our brains and bodies…
NASA announced today that it has completed tests of its Kilopower portable nuclear fission reactor, a device designed to one day power bases on Mars or the Moon. The tests met or exceeded expectations on all metrics, which means the device can now go on to more serious flight testing.